Govt’s Land Grab?

By Ramesh Menon

Nearly seven decades after the Partition and five decades since the 1965 war with Pakistan, the NDA government is brusquely trying to rewrite a law giving it control over 16,000 properties worth thousands of crores belonging to In-dian Muslims. It is called “enemy property” as it was once held by someone who opted for Pakistani citizenship and is vested with the government. This is irrespective of the fact that the property is presently held by their legal heirs who are Indian citizens.

Indian Americans express shock over church attack in Chhattisgarh; demand justice for victims

By, Staff Reporter

Washington: The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC) , a US based advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India's pluralist and tolerant ethos, joined millions of Indians and other people around the world in strongly condemning the barbaric attack on a Christian pastor and his wife in Chhattisgarh.

The incident which took place on Sunday, April 17, was reported in the media a few days thereafter.

US university students protest kirtan singing by white woman not born Hindu

By Arul Louis

New York : Singing of kirtans at an Ivy League university has drawn protests from a section of Indian students there.

Unlike in the protests against yoga the demonstrators this time were not religious fundamentalists, but students spewing leftist rhetoric at Brown University. They protested a non-Indian white woman singing kirtans, asserting that only those born Hindu should sing the religious hymns, according to media reports.

Islamic face veil to be banned in Latavia

Riga : Latvia has banned women from wearing the Islamic full-face veil in public, despite only three people being known to wear them in the entire country.

Authorities say the new legislation was necessary in order to protect Latvian culture and prevent terrorists from smuggling weapons under garments, reports the Independent.

The move follows a similar ban on full-face veils in public spaces implemented by France in 2011.

‘Deep and disturbing’ decline found in world media

Paris : A leading journalism advocacy group says media freedom experienced a sharp decline around the world over the past year, citing increasing government restrictions in places like Turkey, Poland, Tajikistan, and Egypt.

In its 2016 World Press Freedom Index released on April 20, Reporters Without Borders said that there had been a “deep and disturbing” decline in freedom of information in many places around the world.

Women rally in support of Rousseff in Brasilia

Rio de Janeiro : Hundreds of women rallied in front of the Planalto Palace, the government headquarters, in Brasilia in support of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and against her impeachment.

During the rally on Tuesday they carried red and white roses as well as signs calling for the president to stay, Xinhua news agency reported.

Rousseff met several leaders of the women's rally in the palace and left the building to personally greet the demonstrators, many of whom travelled from other states to show their support.

Jaitley discusses drug problem with British, Sri Lankan, Thai ministers

United Nations : Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has met here with ministers from Britain, Sri Lanka and Thailand to discuss cooperation in fighting the international drug menace.

Jaitley met the ministers on the sidelines of the General Assembly Special Session on the drug problem, according to the Indian mission.

Ten-Year action plan for Islamic world: Muslim states agree on creation of Anti-terror Islamic Interpol

Islamic heads of more than 30 states have agreed a Ten-year plan of action in a bid to tackle extremism and security issues threatening the Islamic world.

By A Mirsab,,

Istanbul: Over 30 heads of Islamic countries have established a Ten-Year plan of action for Islamic world and committed to create new anti-extremism centre and an international peace conference to resolve Arab-Israeli conflict.

Can't afford double standards on terror: Sushma Swaraj

Moscow: Terrorism poses the biggest challenge to international security and nations cannot afford to adopt double standards in the fight against it, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Monday at the 14th Russia-India-China (RIC) foreign ministers meet here.

"If we continue to adopt double standards in dealing with terrorism, it will have serious consequences not just for our own countries, but the international community as a whole," she said.

Nine Guantanamo detainees transferred to Saudi Arabia

Washington : At least nine Guantanamo Bay detainees have been transferred to Saudi Arabia, cutting the number of inmates of the notorious US detention facility in Cuba to 80, the Pentagon has said.

The nine detainees include Tariq Ali Abdullah Ahmed Ba Odah, a Yemeni cleared for transfer by the US government in 2009 who had been on a hunger strike since 2007 in protest of his indefinite detention without charge or trial, said Pentagon on Saturday.